Back in the 1980’s, there was a very popular lodge called Cunard Paradise Hotel. It sat on the tranquil west coast of Barbados, fronted by Paradise Beach. I found this old article from 1988 that sets the scene perfectly. Accordingly, it was thrumming with activity, with guests partaking in watersports of all kinds and riding horses along the beach.
Sadly, the hotel closed in 1992 and its history only went downhill from there. Shortly after closing, the world recognized brand Four Seasons gobbled up the property. Preparations were in place for it to undergo a multi-million dollar renovation, with plans for a 110 room, 5-star hotel with an additional 35 private villas on the grounds. But the project ran into more difficulties, ultimately running aground in 2008. The incomplete hotel has sat abandoned ever since.
As with most things, there are pros and cons to the abandonment. On the one hand, Paradise Beach is now a deserted beach that you’re almost guaranteed to have all to yourself. On the other hand, the forsaken remnants of the hotel make it feel a bit more like ‘paradise lost’.
If you look to your left, you will see the nearby power station, which occasionally puffs out thick black smoke. And behind you lies the sad remains of the unfinished building site, now riddled with graffiti (albeit some is quite vibrant and pretty) and trash from loiterers. But regardless, the beach itself is beautiful. The sand gently slopes into a sea of tranquil, turquoise water, peaceful and perfect for swimming. There’s no bars around, no watersports and no-one there to hassle you on the beach. Simply put, if you want a quiet and private beach day in Barbados, Paradise Beach is, well… Paradise.
Paradise Beach no longer has its own access point, but the entire coastline from Brandons Beach to Batts Rock Beach is walkable. I found Paradise Beach by walking north from Brighton Beach, but admittedly, it would have been a shorter walk to head south from Batts Rock Beach. Personally, I love having a beach mostly to myself, and Paradise Beach always seems to be much quieter than the surrounding beaches. In my opinion, it’s definitely worth the extra walk. However, for those who prefer having facilities or less unsightly surroundings, this may not be the beach for you.
Have a look at some of my favorite photos from Paradise Beach, Barbados and decide for yourself!
+ Peaceful and quiet
+ Rarely many (if any) others around
+ Calm waters, perfect for swimming
– No nearby facilities or rental chairs
– Next to a power station
– In front of an abandoned property with some graffiti and trash
– No direct access point
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